PAINTERS ARE MILLIONAIRES AREN'T THEY?
In 1909 Arthur Seymour Jennings published "The Modern Painter &Decorator" which ran to 3 volumes and microscopically dissected andcommented on the trade and its operation.The work has enjoyed great popularity with serious bibliophiles for itsincredible detail and authoritative style. Early editions command a greatdeal of money.This is ASJ (1909)
"Since a great many master painters supervise most of their contractsthemselves, in addition to carrying on most of the office work, visit actual and potential clients, take measurements and get out estimates,interview travellers and order materials, to say nothing of fitting in visitsto decorators' merchants and their showrooms, it is clear that to run adecorating business with any degree of success is far from being arestful occupation."
Does this describe you?or
"Having thus gone through the whole of the specified work, a price canbe found for the prime cost. This, of course, is the amount of money the job will cost the contractor and is quite separate from profits,establishment and overhead charges."
Did our trade forget something?The treatise, which covered every aspect of anything to do with paintersand painting remains in print and has been successively upgraded asnecessary with changes. The basic truths, however, have a propheticmessage for our trade.I seem, after painting for a long time, to be reputed to knowing a thing or two but confess, after meeting with many painters the truth is I have alsoforgotten a thing or three.Jennings reminds me that painters operate within rules, invisible attimes, but nevertheless governing the results of our efforts.Our trade seems comfortable to accept some problems, that arecontingent to painting generally and, on average and with time, never seem to get sorted.I have difficulties seeking an explanation but I can set down some of theproblems and in some cases, the solution provided action is taken.